© U.S. Bureau of Land Management (Colorado Plateau Native Plant Program)

History of the Partnership

The Colorado Plateau Native Plant Program relies on a varied network of partners to accomplish its mission.

Major Partners

  • Agriculture Research Service – Forage and Range Research Lab
    • Addresses CPNPP Goal:
      • Goal 2: Evaluation and Development
    • The FRRL mission is to provide improved plant materials and management alternatives for sustainable stewardship of rangelands, pastures, and turf in the western U.S.
  • Bonderman Field Station / Rio Mesa Center
    • Addresses CPNPP Goals:
      • Goal 3: Field Establishment
      • Goal 6: Restore Native Plant Communities
      • Goal 7: Monitor Restoration Activities
      • Goal 8: Communication with Partners and the Public
    • Hosts CPNPP science retreats for partners to meet and learn from one another by sharing past, current, and future projects
    • Offers land and garden beds for use in demonstration gardens and various research projects conducted by CPNPP partners
  • Brigham Young University
    • Addresses CPNPP Goal:
      • Goal 2: Evaluation and Development
    • Expert botanists at Brigham Young University (BYU) may be utilized to review voucher specimens of plants collected along with seed gathered by a Seeds of Success team. This helps insure the integrity of germplasm preservation efforts as well as making sure there are no unexpected surprises when seeds from a specific species are requested for use in a research project.
    • BYU’s Department of Plant & Wildlife Sciences is directed at managing wildland ecosystems— optimizing the function and services of natural ecosystems
  • Bureau of Land Management – Arizona
    • Addresses CPNPP Goals:
      • Goal 1: Native Seed Collection in Support of Evaluation and Development
      • Goal 3: Field Establishment
      • Goal 6: Restore Native Plant Communities
      • Goal 7: Monitor Restoration Activities
      • Goal 8: Communication with Partners and the Public
    • Coordinates with the CPNPP to help identify priority species for seed collection that address the needs of the local area
    • Some years they may employ their own Seeds of Success collection teams
  • Bureau of Land Management – Colorado
    • Addresses CPNPP Goals:
      • Goal 1: Native Seed Collection in Support of Evaluation and Development
      • Goal 3: Field Establishment
      • Goal 6: Restore Native Plant Communities
      • Goal 7: Monitor Restoration Activities
      • Goal 8: Communication with Partners and the Public
    • Coordinates with the CPNPP to help identify priority species for seed collection that address the needs of the local area
    • Some years they may employ their own Seeds of Success collection teams
  • Bureau of Land Management – New Mexico
    • Addresses CPNPP Goals:
      • Goal 1: Native Seed Collection in Support of Evaluation and Development
      • Goal 3: Field Establishment
      • Goal 6: Restore Native Plant Communities
      • Goal 7: Monitor Restoration Activities
      • Goal 8: Communication with Partners and the Public
    • Coordinates with the CPNPP to help identify priority species for seed collection that address the needs of the local area
    • Some years they may employ their own Seeds of Success collection teams
  • Bureau of Land Management – Utah
    • Addresses CPNPP Goals:
      • Goal 1: Native Seed Collection in Support of Evaluation and Development
      • Goal 3: Field Establishment
      • Goal 6: Restore Native Plant Communities
      • Goal 7: Monitor Restoration Activities
      • Goal 8: Communication with Partners and the Public
    • The CPNPP is based out of the Utah BLM State Office where it coordinates with all federal and non-federal program partners
    • Several other BLM field offices within Utah may also employ their own Seeds of Success collection teams
  • The Nature ConservancyCanyonlands Research Center
    • Addresses CPNPP Goals:
      • Goal 2: Evaluation and Development
      • Goal 7: Monitor Restoration Activities
      • Goal 8: Communication with Partners and the Public
    • The mission of the Canyonlands Research Center (CRC) is to facilitate research, education, and collaboration for understanding the interactive effects of land use and climate and developing management solutions that meet humans needs while maintaining ecological viability on the Colorado Plateau and in semi-arid lands worldwide
  • Chicago Botanic Garden
    • Addresses CPNPP Goals:
      • Goal 1: Native Seed Collection in Support of Evaluation and Development
      • Goal 2: Evaluation and Development
      • Goal 5: Seed Storage
      • Goal 6: Restore Native Plant Communities
      • Goal 8: Communication with Partners and the Public
    • A long-term partner of CPNPP, the Chicago Botanic Garden (CBG) shares the vision to promote the enjoyment, understanding, and conservation of plants and the natural world. In pursuit of this vision, the CBG manages a Conservation and Land Management Internship Program whose members may be tasked with seed collection of species designated as high priority for CPNPP projects and goals. Most often such seed collection follows the protocols set forth by the national Seeds of Success
    • CBG also houses a portion of seeds collected under the Seeds of Success program that can be made available for various CPNPP projects
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife
    • Addresses CPNPP Goals:
      • Goal 6: Restore Native Plant Communities
      • Goal 7: Monitor Restoration Activities
    • Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is charged with the conservation of ecological resources across the state of Colorado and within its State Parks. As such, it is a primary user of plant materials for restoring native ecosystems in the Colorado Plateau
  • Dean Swift Seed Company
    • Addresses CPNPP Goal:
      • Goal 4: Seed Production by Private Growers
    • Wildland seed supplier for both conifers and wildflowers
  • Four Corners School of Outdoor Education
    • Addresses CPNPP Goals:
      • Goal 1: Native Seed Collection in Support of Evaluation and Development
      • Goal 6: Restore Native Plant Communities
      • Goal 8: Communication with Partners and the Public
    • Four Corners School of Outdoor Education (FCS) creates lifelong learning experiences about the Colorado Plateau for people of all ages and backgrounds through education, service, adventure, and conservation
    • In 2017, FCS operated their own Seeds of Success collection team under the guidance of the CPNPP
    • Host of the 2017 CPNPP Annual Meeting
  • Friends of Verde River Greenway
    • Addresses CPNPP Goals:
      • Goal 1: Native Seed Collection in Support of Evaluation and Development
      • Goal 2: Evaluation and Development
      • Goal 6: Restore Native Plant Communities
      • Goal 8: Communication with Partners and the Public
    • Established to restore, preserve, and promote the natural, cultural, scenic, and recreational resources of the Verde River and its tributaries
  • Granite Seed
    • Addresses CPNPP Goal:
      • Goal 4: Seed Production by Private Growers
    • Granite Seed specializes in supplying seed and erosion control products for land reclamation and reclamation and restoration, turf, and beautification
  • The Great Basin Institute
    • Addresses CPNPP Goals:
      • Goal 1: Native Seed Collection in Support of Evaluation and Development
      • Goal 6: Restore Native Plant Communities
      • Goal 7: Monitor Restoration Activities
      • Goal 8: Communication with Partners and the Public
    • The Great Basin Institute (GBI) Research Associate (RA) Program presents undergraduate and graduate students, as well as recent graduates and emerging professionals, with opportunities to begin or enhance their careers in resource management, conservation, stewardship, and related fields
    • The CPNPP contracts GBI RAs to help with multiple aspects of its mission from coordination of partner projects to web content creation
  • High Mountain Nursery
    • Addresses CPNPP Goal:
      • Goal 4: Seed Production by Private Growers
    • The largest exclusively native plant nursery in the inter-mountain region, they aim to help land managers return damaged ecosystems to a state indiscernible from lands undisturbed
  • Hopi Nation
    • Addresses CPNPP Goal:
      • Goal 6: Restore Native Plant Communities
    • The Wildlife & Ecosystems Management Program of the Hopi Nation provides various services, provides assistance and establishes management practices and goals to fulfill its mission for the benefit of the Hopi People and Lands
  • Institute for Applied Ecology – Southwest Program
    • Addresses CPNPP Goals:
      • Goal 1: Native Seed Collection in Support of Evaluation and Development
      • Goal 2: Evaluation and Development
      • Goal 6: Restore Native Plant Communities
      • Goal 8: Communication with Partners and the Public
    • The Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE) conserves native species and habitats through restoration, research, and education
  • National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
    • Addresses CPNPP Goal:
      • Goal 2: Evaluation and Development
    • The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) specializes in bringing all parties to the table – individuals, government agencies, nonprofit organizations and corporations. Together, they work to protect and restore imperiled species, promote healthy oceans and estuaries, improve working landscapes for wildlife, advance sustainable fisheries and conserve water for wildlife and people
  • National Park Service
    • Addresses CPNPP Goals:
      • Goal 1: Native Seed Collection in Support of Evaluation and Development
      • Goal 2: Evaluation and Development
      • Goal 6: Restore Native Plant Communities
      • Goal 7: Monitor Restoration Activities
      • Goal 8: Communication with Partners and the Public
    • The National Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout the United States
  • Natural Resource Conservation Service – Los Lunas Plant Materials Center
  • NatureServe
    • Through their network of over 80 programs, NatureServe collects decision-quality data about imperiled species and entire ecosystems, transforms that data into knowledge products and visualizations, and provides meaning through expert analyses and support to guide decision-making, implement action, and enhance conservation outcomes
    • NatureServe provides the web hosting and support of this website through a Cooperative Agreement with the CPNPP
  • Navajo Natural Heritage Program
    • The mission of the Navajo Natural Heritage Program is to conserve, protect, enhance, and restore the Navajo Nation’s fish, wildlife, and plants through aggressive management programs for the spiritual, cultural, and material benefit of present and future generations of the Navajo Nation
  • Northern Arizona University
    • Provides greenhouse facilities for preliminary selection of species to be used in genetic analysis work being conducted by USGS partners
    • Houses a portion of seeds collected for use in CPNPP partner projects
  • Red Butte Botanic Garden & Arboretum
    • Collects native seed under the Seeds of Success program. Research underway for the prioritization of forbs to be used as pollinator species in habitat restoration projects
  • Rim to Rim Restoration / Mayberry Plant Propagation Center
    • The Mayberry Plant Propagation Center is a native plant propagation and research facility which performs woody shrub propagation as well as annual forb and pollinator species seed increase
  • Rocky Mountain Research Station – Provo Shrub Sciences Lab
    • The Rocky Mountain Research Station develops and delivers scientific knowledge and innovative technologies with a focus on informing policy and land-management decisions
  • Southern Utah University
    • Strives to provide students and faculty with opportunities to work on high priority projects related to natural resource management in the Colorado Plateau region
  • Southwest Seed Inc
    • Southwest Seed is one of several native plant producers that contract with the BLM to bolster seed supplies by growing out and then harvesting seed from species that have particular value to CPNPP goals.
  • Tamarisk Coalition
    • The Tamarisk Coalition works to advance the restoration of riparian lands through collaboration, education, and technical assistance
  • Uncompahgre Partnership
    • The Uncompahgre Partnership (UP) shares many of the same interests and goals as the CPNPP but focuses its attention on the Eastern portion of the Colorado Plateau.
    • The UP has participated in seed collection under the guidance of the CPNPP for multiple years
  • United States Geological Survey – Southwest Biological Research Center
    • The CPNPP relies on partnerships with members of the United States Geological Survey (USGS) to conduct research that helps inform the restoration potential of particular species as well as aid land managers in the application of seed collected by CPNPP partners.
    • The CPNPP Science Lead operates under the USGS.
  • United States Forest Service (Regions 2, 3 & 4)
    • The US Forest Service (USFS) works with the BLM to establish consistent permitting for wildland seed collection
    • The USFS also manages common gardens to measure the performance of species across multiple ecological zones
  • Upper Colorado Environmental Plant Center
  • Utah Crop Improvement Association
  • Utah Division of Wildlife Resources – Great Basin Research Center
  • Utah State University
  • Yavapai-Apache Nation

Contacts

Adrienne Pilmanis
Colorado Plateau Native Plant Program Coordinator
BLM Utah State Office
801-539-4076
apilmani@blm.gov 

Marcia Wineteer
State Botanist
BLM Utah State Office
801-359-4065
mwineteer@blm.gov

Carol Dawson
State Botanist
BLM Colorado State Office
303-239-3725
cdawson@blm.gov

Zoe Davidson 
State Botanist
BLM New Mexico State Office
(505) 954-2045
zdavidson@blm.gov

Lisa Thornley
State Botanist
BLM Arizona State Office
602-417-9242
lthornley@blm.gov 

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